Support for a criminal justice system for Marin County that is responsive to community needs at both the county and city levels with a separate system for handling juveniles. Support for consistency in misdemeanor sentencing. Support for the county’s responsibility for the physical well-being and safety of its prisoners.
- Encouragement of the use of a centralized recordkeeping system to ensure efficiency and cooperation among law enforcement agencies.
- Monitoring of the sheriff’s department by an independent group.
- Training of the jail staff, either deputy sheriffs or other career category, in such skills as counseling, evaluation, defusing violence, and ensuring the physical safety of prisoners.
- Exploration of the feasibility of establishing a County Department of Corrections to oversee operations of the jail and the honor farm.
- Establishment and use by all local jurisdictions of a centralized recordkeeping system for juveniles, to include local diversion information.
- Use of adequately trained juvenile diversion officers with countywide training and guidelines to ensure consistency in handling of juveniles.
- Training of juvenile probation officers to include learning disabilities, nutritional deficiencies, And psychological problems for referral to appropriate agencies.
- Continuation of the system in which most juvenile hearings are conducted by a qualified court Commissioner, with the right to appeal to the Superior Court Juvenile Judge.
- Recognition that the jail should be reserved for those accused and convicted of crimes and not For those who are homeless, mentally ill, and chemically dependent.
Adopted 1978, Revised 1992